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Posted on June 13, 2014 by  & 

Tesla's Model S arrives in the UK

Tesla's CEO Elon Musk delivered five new cars to customers in London, UK on Saturday at an event to welcome the arrival of right hand drive Model S in the UK. The occasion marks the beginning of a planned rapid expansion in the country in the coming two years.
Today, Tesla operates a store in Westfield White City and a service centre in West London. By the end of 2014, however, customers will be able to visit Tesla stores and service centres across the UK. Tesla will also continue to hold test-drive events around the country - the first public showing of the right hand drive Model S will be at the 2014 London Motorexpo in Canary Wharf until Sunday 15 June.
The car and the company have received numerous accolades, including Autocar magazine's Sturmey Award for Automotive Excellence and Telegraph Motoring's Best Eco Car, voted for by readers. Top Gear Magazine called the Model S "the most important car Top Gear (Magazine) has tested."
In the UK, prices start at £50,280 on the road, including the £5,000 government plug-in grant. UK customers can also benefit from other government incentives, including zero road tax, zero showroom tax, and exemption from London Congestion Charge. The car is also eligible for the 100 percent First Year Allowance for company purchase and 0 percent Benefit in Kind, both of which last until April 2015.
Tesla Supercharger
Tesla also energised the first Supercharger location in the UK at the delivery event. The first Supercharger location in the UK is at the Crystal site at London's Royal Victoria Docks which represents the beginning of a route to Paris and then the rest of Europe, which will enable Model S drivers to travel long distances in the UK and on the continent for free.
"Model S customers will be able to access a network of Superchargers across London to charge, quickly and for free, at their convenience," said Elon Musk. "We are looking at locations across the capital to place our first set of inner city Superchargers. Our plan for routes to other cities in the UK is still on target for the end of the year, but we are also announcing this new initiative in order to best serve our London-based customers. We expect customers to be able to travel the length of the UK and Ireland for free using our Superchargers within the next 18 months"
Musk said that by the end of the year Model S drivers will be able to travel almost anywhere in Europe using Superchargers. The company is energising Superchargers at a rate of close to one per weekday. 116 Supercharger locations are energised worldwide including 19 locations in Europe.
The Tesla Supercharger is one of the most powerful charging technologies available in the world today, providing up to 120 kilowatts of direct current to the Model S battery. Superchargers replenish half a charge in as little as 20 minutes and are strategically placed along well-travelled highways to allow Model S owners to drive from station to station with the fewest possible stops. Superchargers are located near amenities like restaurants, cafes, and shopping centres so drivers can stop for a quick meal and have their Model S charged at the same time.
Engadget reports that Tesla will release the patents it holds on its proprietary SuperCharger technology in order to promote standardized charger designs for EV's. CEO Musk has made it clear in the past that he wants to avoid a "walled garden" approach in which every EV manufacturer would have unique charging facilities for its model.
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